World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF JAPAN: The Beginning

A Japanese nightmare burst into harsh and thunderous reality. The mainland was attacked. The U.S.'s new and secret B-29 Superfortress bombers came up out of China last week and bombed a vital industrial target in the Empire's heartland.

Unlike the carrier-based Doolittle raid of two years ago, this was not to be a single strike at Japan. The long-range planes flew from bases that had been painfully carved out of the fields of western China by nearly 500,000 coolies. Except for one smaller shakedown operation, the attack was the first mounted by the...

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